This residency programme for outstanding Canadian female screenwriters has been established to elevate and support talent. Each year, one female writer will be provided with the opportunity to work and be mentored in the heart of Toronto’s dynamic downtown district so that she may develop her feature-film screenplay. A jury of leading screen-industry professionals will decide the winner. The programme began in 2018 and will run for five years, until 2022. The Micki Moore Residency is generously supported by Toronto-based broadcaster, journalist, and actor Micki Moore, in response to TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign.

Applications for the Micki Moore Residency are now closed. We thank all who applied.

What’s included:

  • A 10-week, feature-film screenwriting residency from September to November 2019
  • A $3,000 stipend
  • Mentorship from TIFF’s programming teams and expert guests
  • Complimentary access to the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
  • A complimentary pass for the Festival Industry Conference, Business Centre, and Delegate Resources
  • Access to Breakfast at TIFF events during the period of the Residency
  • Access to films screened at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Residency
  • Access to TIFF’s renowned Film Reference Library and archival collection
  • A possible live read-through of the screenwriter’s feature screenplay, with up to four actors and in front of a select industry audience, towards the end of the residency


Female candidates for the programme will represent the industry’s brightest emerging talent with a narrative feature-film project. The selected Resident must be a writer whose existing work has gained some attention. This work could include: online or television work with significant audience views; a short or feature that has been selected for major festivals; a project that has been developed through a leading international script lab; or a feature that has gained momentum through box-office or foreign sales. Applicants must reside in Canada and be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Key Dates

Applications open
April 29
Applications close
June 7
Participants notified of selection
July 17

Application process

With your application, please include the first 15 pages of your feature-film script and a synopsis of your project (maximum 500 words). Submissions should also include a creative vision for the project, a logline, and information on any above-the-line attachments

Selection criteria:
  • The quality of the writing
  • The clarity of the idea and vision for the project
  • The likelihood that the project will get made and find an audience
  • Commitment to the residency and to the delivery of a completed draft at the conclusion

Contact us at 416-599-8433 ext. 2407 or email us at

The 2019 Writer-in-Residence

Joanne Sarazen

Joanne Sarazen is a screenwriter, playwright, and alumna of the Canadian Film Centre’s 2017 Writers’ Lab. Her first feature-length screenplay, Tammy’s Always Dying, makes its World Premiere at TIFF 2019. Produced by Jessica Adams and directed by Amy Jo Johnson, the film stars Felicity Huffman, Anastasia Phillips, Clark Johnson, and Lauren Holly. As a playwright, Sarazen’s work has been produced in Montreal, Toronto, and Banff. She was the recipient of the MainLine Theatre’s Next Stage Award, and has earned several nominations for her work in the Montreal Fringe Festivals.